Quotes about Power

"Even though worker capacity and motivation are destroyed when leaders choose power over productivity, it appears that bosses would rather be in control than have the organization work well."

Sydney J. Harris (14 September 1917– 8 December 1986) was an American journalist for the Chicago Daily News and later the Chicago Sun-Times.


"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."

Milton Berle born Milton Berlinger (July 12, 1908 – March 27, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater (1948–55), he was the first major American television star.


"It is more agreeable to have the power to give than to receive."

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874– 24 January 1965) was a British politician and statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War (WWII). He is widely regarded as one of the great wartime leaders. He served as prime minister twice (1940-1945 and 1951-1955). A noted statesman and orator, Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, writer, and an artist. To date, he is the only British prime minister to have received the Nobel Prize in Literature.


"Power never takes a back step only in the face of more power."

Malcolm X (May 19, 1925 – February 21, 1965) born Malcolm Little and also known as El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz was an African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist. To his admirers, he was a courageous advocate for the rights of African Americans, a man who indicted white America in the harshest terms for its crimes against black Americans. Detractors accused him of preaching racism, black supremacy, and violence. He has been called one of the greatest and most influential African Americans in history.


"Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have."

Saul David Alinsky (January 30, 1909 – June 12, 1972) was an American community organizer and writer. He is generally considered to be the founder of modern community organizing.


"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any"

Alice Malsenior Walker (born February 9, 1944) is an American author, poet, and activist. She has written both fiction and essays about race and gender. She won the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.


"Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true."

Honoré de Balzac (20 May 1799 – 18 August 1850) was a French novelist and playwright.


"The greater the power, the more dangerous the abuse."

Edmund Burke ((12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who, after relocating to England, served for many years in the House of Commons of Great Britain as a member of the Whig party.